TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- No. 21 Pittsburgh looks to wrap up an improbable BCS bowl berth with a win at South Florida on Saturday.
The game originally was scheduled for September 6 but was postponed due to Hurricane Frances.
The Panthers (7-3) have won five of their last six games, including a 16-13 triumph over West Virginia on Thanksgiving. Thanks to Syracuse's upset victory at Boston College last week, the four teams finished tied atop the Big East Conference standings, and after various tiebreakers, the Panthers merely need to win this game to secure the league's automatic BCS bowl bid.
If Pitt loses, Syracuse will earn the lucrative bowl bid.
"It's a big game on the road against a team that would like to do nothing more than spoil what we have worked for in the last 10 games," Pitt coach Walt Harris said.
Sophomore quarterback Tyler Palko ran for a two-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter against West Virginia and the Panthers limited the Mountaineers to three second-half points.
South Florida (4-6), which is concluding its season, is joining the Big East in 2005.
Last week, the Bulls fell behind at the half to Memphis, 16-0, before falling, 31-15. Pat Julmiste threw for 191 yards and added 28 yards rushing and two TDs for South Florida.
South Florida won the only previous meeting with Pitt, 35-26, in 2001.